Help us Cure Leg Ulcers by supporting the Leg Ulcer Charity
Welcome to the new leg ulcer Charity blog. We need to get your support so that patients with leg ulcers and healthcare professionals treating them understand:
- Most leg ulcers can be permanently cured
- Bandaging and compression treatment is not a cure, only a temporary healing
- NICE guidelines agree all patients with leg ulcers need a duplex scan and referral to a vascular service
The Leg Ulcer Charity aims to spread the word and improve leg ulcer patients' quality of life
It is a medical fact that most leg ulcers can be cured. It is been proven since the late 1980s that if the underlying cause (usually varicose veins or "hidden varicose veins") is found and fixed, leg ulcers can be healed.
Unfortunately, most people with leg ulcers don't know this. Therefore they allow themselves to be subjected to constant dressings, bandaging and compression stockings, none of which reversed the underlying problem.
Not surprisingly, these compression therapies can let the leg ulcers heal temporarily. However they virtually always recur again once the compression is relieved.
It is totally illogical to use compression which is temporary as the same result could be obtained by permanently treating the underlying cause.
The Leg Ulcer Charity has been set up to address this problem. Unbelievably, there are some groups and advice networks for leg ulcers that concentrate on nutrition, dressings, coping with bandaging et cetera - but completely fail to tell patients that they might be curable.
Of course not all patients are curable and research estimates that some 30 to 40% of patients with leg ulcers might not have a curable condition. However this means that 60 to 70% (and in our own research 85%) of people with venous leg ulcers could be permanently cured if only doctors and nurses followed the NICE guidelines and send patients with leg ulcers to vascular services where they could have a specialist duplex ultrasound scan.
The Leg Ulcer Charity is dedicated to spreading the word, supporting research and helping patients with advice and, if we can get enough funding, physically.
Please help us in any way you can and in particular, please try and help us raise funding so we can help people in the UK suffering from leg ulcers.
Ways you can help:
- Follow our blog (http://legulcercharity.blogspot.co.uk/)
- Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/legulcercharity/)
- Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/LegUlcerCharity or @LegUlcerCharity)
- Share our posts, tweets and share our website address (http://www.legulcercharity.org)
- Suggest the Leg Ulcer Charity for any fundraising events you know of
- Donate direct to us via post or through PayPal via our website (http://www.legulcercharity.org)
- we are able to claim tax back on any donations that you make if you are a UK Tax payer
If you would like more information or have suggestions please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note - The Leg Ulcer Charity is a UK Registered Charity Number 1152113